From Page to Screen: The Great Gatsby

Gatsby_1925_jacketLast week, the fifth film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby hit the big screen. Because we thought our fellow bluestockings might be on the fence about it, one of our reviewers agreed to take one for the Bas Bleu team: After rereading the novel, she headed to the theater to check out the movie and report back to us. Here’s what she had to say:

When I learned that Australian director Baz Luhrmann was tackling The Great Gatsby, I was cautiously optimistic. Luhrmann is known for such flamboyant, candy-colored spectacles as Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge! If anyone can capture the champagne-soaked excesses of the Roaring Twenties, it’s this guy. But would his gleeful lack of subtlety be too much for the beloved American classic, a devastating takedown of American greed and snobbery that clocks in at just over 47,000 words? Continue reading

Mothers Dear and Mommies Dearest

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and to celebrate Bas Bleu’s editors compiled a list of some of fiction’s most memorable moms. Several are noble, others are downright notorious, yet all are legendary in their own right. Check out our picks below, then head to the comments section to tell us about your favorite literary mothers. (WARNING: plot spoilers ahead!) Continue reading